All-Japan Rugby Football Championship

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Suntory won the 50th All Japan Championship in 2013.

The All-Japan Rugby Football Championship (日本ラグビーフットボール選手権大会 Nihon Ragubi- Futtobo-ru Senshuken Taikai) is played at the end of the season and is doubling as the title playoff in the Top League. The first championship was played in 1963 and won by Doshisha University RFC which beat Kintetsu (now Kintetsu Liners) 18-3. Before that the NHK invitation cup was played three times, 1960-2.

Qualifying[edit]

2009–2017[edit]

The All-Japan Rugby Football Championship was expanded from 8 to 10 teams for 2009 with the addition of two more Top League sides. For 2010, the top four Top League sides automatically qualify for the Championship, while the six sides that finish fifth to tenth play off to determine the last two Top League sides.

2017-present[edit]

With the new Top League system, the teams in the title playoff will have this playoff double as this competition. No university teams will compete.

NHK Cup Finals[edit]

NHK Cup Finals
Title Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue Attendance
1st 1960–61 Yawata Steel 50–13 Nihon University Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
2nd 1961–62 Doshisha University 17–6 Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka unknown
3rd 1962–63 Yawata Steel 25–6 Meiji University Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown

All Japan Rugby Football Championship Finals[edit]

All Japan Rugby Football Championship Finals
Title Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue Attendance
1st 1963–64 Doshisha University 18–3 Kintetsu Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
2nd 1964–65 Yawata Steel 15–6 Hosei University Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
3rd 1965–66 Waseda University 12–9 Yawata Steel Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka unknown
4th 1966–67 Kintetsu 27–11 Waseda University Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
5th 1967–68 Kintetsu 27–14 Hosei University Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
6th 1968–67 Toyota Motor 44–16 Keio University Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka unknown
7th 1969–70 Nippon Sport Science University 29–13 Fuji Iron & Steel Kamaishi Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
8th 1970–71 Waseda University 30–16 Nippon Steel Kamaishi Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
9th 1971–72 Waseda University 14–11 Mitsubishi Motors Kyoto Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
10th 1972–73 Ricoh 35–9 Meiji University Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
11th 1973–74 Ricoh 25–3 Waseda University Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka unknown
12th 1974–75 Kintetsu 33–13 Waseda University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
13th 1975–76 Meiji University 37–12 Mitsubishi Motors Kyoto National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
14th 1976–77 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 27–12 Waseda University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
15th 1977–78 Toyota Motor 20–10 Meiji University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
16th 1978–79 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 24–0 Nippon Sport Science University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
17th 1979–80 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 32–6 Meiji University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
18th 1980–81 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 10–3 Doshisha University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
19th 1981–82 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 30–14 Meiji University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
20th 1982–83 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 21–8 Doshisha University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
21st 1983–84 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 35–10 Doshisha University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
22nd 1984–85 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 31–17 Doshisha University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
23rd 1985–86 Keio University 18–13 Toyota Motor National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
24th 1986–87 Toyota Motor 26–6 Daito Bunka University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
25th 1987–88 Waseda University 22–16 Toshiba Fuchu National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
26th 1988–89 Kobelco Steelers 46–17 Daito Bunka University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
27th 1989–90 Kobelco Steelers 58–4 Waseda University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
28th 1990–91 Kobelco Steelers 38–15 Meiji University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
29th 1991–92 Kobelco Steelers 34–12 Meiji University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
30th 1992–93 Kobelco Steelers 41–3 Hosei University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
31st 1993–94 Kobelco Steelers 33–19 Meiji University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
32nd 1994–95 Kobelco Steelers 102–14 Daito Bunka University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
33rd 1995–96 Suntory 49–24 Meiji University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
34th 1996–97 Toshiba Fuchu 69–8 Meiji University National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
35th 1997–98 Toshiba Fuchu 35–11 Toyota Motor National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
36th 1998–99 Toshiba Fuchu 24–13 Kobelco Steelers National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
37th 1999–2000 Kobelco Steelers 49–20 Toyota Motor National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
38th 2000–01 Kobelco Steelers and Suntory 27–27 Both teams awarded Championship after a draw. National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
39th 2001–02 Suntory 28–17 Kobelco Steelers Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
40th 2002–03 NEC 36–26 Suntory National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
41st 2003–04 Toshiba Brave Lupus 22–10 Kobelco Steelers National Stadium, Tokyo unknown
42nd 2004–05 NEC Green Rockets 17–13 Toyota Verblitz Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
43rd 2005–06 NEC Green Rockets and Toshiba Brave Lupus 6–6 Both teams awarded Championship after a draw. Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
44th 2006–07 Toshiba Brave Lupus 19–10 Toyota Verblitz Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
45th 2007–08 Sanyo Wild Knights 40–16 Suntory Sungoliath Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
46th 2008–09 Sanyo Wild Knights 24–18 Suntory Sungoliath Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo unknown
47th 2009–10 Sanyo Wild Knights 22–17 Toyota Verblitz Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 11,479
48th 2010–11 Suntory Sungoliath 37–20 Sanyo Wild Knights Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 14,477
49th 2011–12 Suntory Sungoliath 21–9 Sanyo Wild Knights Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo n/a
50th 2012–13 Suntory Sungoliath 36–20 Kobelco Steelers National Stadium, Tokyo 14,155 [1]
51st 2013–14 Panasonic Wild Knights 30–21 Toshiba Brave Lupus National Stadium, Tokyo 19,571
52nd 2014–15 Yamaha Júbilo 15–3 Suntory Sungoliath Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 14,627 [2]
53rd 2015–16 Panasonic Wild Knights 49–15 Teikyo University Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 12,721 [3]
54th 2016–17 Suntory Sungoliath 15–10 Panasonic Wild Knights Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 20,196 [4]
55th 2017–18 In progress

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ News ARFU. 2013.
  2. ^ Score Rugby Japan. 2015.
  3. ^ "Panasonic beat Teikyo University to complete double". Japan Rugby. 31 January 2016. Archived from the original on 19 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Suntory complete league and cup double". Rugby Japan. 29 January 2017. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.